Candidates in this year’s Joplin City Council election will be featured in a live Candidate Forum program airing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 on KGCS-TV. The forum will be held in the Joplin City Council chambers, located on the fifth floor of City Hall, 602 South Main Street.
The municipal election is being held on Tuesday June 2 after the Missouri Secretary of State moved it from the original date of April 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Eleven candidates are on the ballot for the June 2 election.
- Zone Two has three candidates seeking the seat – Harvey Hutchinson, Charles Copple and Jim Scott.
- Zone Three is a race between two candidates – incumbent Phil Stinnett and Steve Urie.
- The General Council has two four-year seats up for election with four candidates seeking these positions – Christina Williams, incumbent Keenan Cortez, Josh Bard, and Shawna Ackerson.
- One General Council seat for a two-year term is on the ballot with two candidates vying for this seat – Josh Shackles and incumbent Anthony Monteleone.
Judy Stiles, KGCS General Manager and host of the Newsmakers interview program, will serve as host. Candidates will have an opportunity to address what they see as key issues facing the City of Joplin. “KGCS has broadcast City Council meetings with a focus on city government since the station’s inception,” said Stiles. “The candidate forum is another way we can help residents learn more about these individuals prior to voting on June 2.”
In addition to airing live n KGCS-TV, the program will be rebroadcast later in the week on KGCS, including Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 31 at 7 p.m. The program will also be posted to the station YouTube channel, “KGCS Missouri Southern.”
The meeting will also be available for viewing on the City Council’s page of the City’s website.
Citizens are welcome to attend the forum at City Hall, but due to social distancing requirements there will be a reduced number of seats available than during a normal Council meeting.
KGCS operates as a service of the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University. Programming may be seen over the air on channel 21 and on regional cable television systems.